Archive for April 18th, 2018

There is no MLB question today.

I was at my Dad’s a few days ago when news broke on CNN about Barbara Bush’s medical condition. I told my 94-year old Dad about her condition and his reaction was to say the least, interesting.

What is also interesting is what Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz has to say on Barbara Bush. It is a very good take by Mimi that you should read. Here is the headline and here is how it starts:

Barbara Bush Had a Good Life But a Hard One

As I have aged and faced my own challenges as a woman on this planet, I have come to a different understanding of Barbara Bush.

By Mimi Swartz

I admit that it took me a long time to come around to Barbara Bush. In my younger days, when she was just the wife of one president and not yet the mother of another, I kept a running tally of her sins.

Go read it here: https://www.texasmonthly.com/opinion/barbara-bush-good-life-hard-one/.

I was amused last night when I found out Barbara Bush was pretty good at keeping score. Commentary is talking about keeping score at ‘Stros games. Commentary learned how to keep score like during my little league years. During high school, I had a part time job keeping score at little league games. Everyone has their own way of keeping score. One thing is for sure, when you keep score you have to be paying attention to what is going on in the ballgame. Here is part of the Chron story on Barbara Bush’s scorecard:

Former First Lady Barbara Bush wasn’t just a regular behind home plate at Astros games, she was so into the games, she often kept score.

Barbara Bush attended lots of Astros game alongside her husband George Herbert Walker Bush, and although many people talked about her diligent keeping of a scorebook during games, she rarely let anyone photograph the book. She did however leave one of her autographed scoresheets from a 2006 game with the Astros. Team historian Mike Acosta tweeted out the scorecard Tuesday.

And this:

“Not many people know how to score a baseball game,” George H.W. Bush bragged in the book Barbara Bush: Matriarch of a Dynasty.

Commentary looked at the scorecard Acosta posted. She is pretty good in my scorebook.

Don’t worry. Commentary is not going to talk about her keeping score in politics, but I would bet that she was probably pretty good, don’t you think?

A couple of weeks ago Commentary said this about sending troops to the border:

It is a pretty expensive photo-op if you ask Commentary.

I love it when the Chron E-Board agrees. Here the start of their take today:

It’s no surprise that the Trump administration’s directive to send the National Guard to the border appears to have been done with little planning, despite the costs and risks associated with the mission.

In recent days, administration officials and supporters have explained little about what the Guard hopes to accomplish during its mission. A mobilization order signed by Defense Secretary James Mattis approved the deployment of 4,000 Guard members, but didn’t define any explicit goals.

Gov. Greg Abbott, the commander-in-chief of the Texas National Guard, went to Weslaco on Thursday for a glorified photo op with the Guard. The governor’s press release ahead of the visit even noted that his briefing with Guard leaders would be good for TV b-roll.

Abbott, of course, has experience with ill-defined border security missions, having pushed through $800 million expenditures in each of the last two bienniums without ever telling Texans what they were getting for the money.

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/A-continuing-border-blunder-could-waste-billions-12842708.php.

“Glorified photo op” is the same as “expensive photo op.”   You are welcome.

It is good to see Andrew White do this. Here is from the Chron:

AUSTIN — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White on Wednesday will announce he would declare “a state of emergency” for education if elected, as part of plans to increase teacher pay and improve student achievement without raising taxes, campaign sources confirmed Tuesday evening.

“Education is top of mind for Texas voters. It will be Andrew White’s signature issue as governor,” said a briefing document outlining the Wednesday announcement in Austin.

“He will declare a state of emergency for Texas education, which ranks 40th in the nation. He will lay the blame with Governor Abbott.”

Here is the Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Andrew-White-to-declare-education-emergency-12842561.php?src=hp_totn.

Let’s not forget what his Dad did on education. Gov. White certainly paid the price.

The ‘Stros won last night and Evan Gattis went 2 for 3 and is now above the Mendoza Line.

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